The Sabri Brothers
The Sabri Brothers originally consisted of the Late Ghulam Farid Sabri (b. 1930 – April 5, 1994), Maqbool Ahmed Sabri (born October 12, 1941 or 1945), the Late Kamal Sabri (2001), Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri (born 1949), Fazal Islam, Azmat Farid Sabri, Sarwat Farid Sabri, Javed Kamal Sabri, Umer Daraz, Abdul Aziz, Masihuddin, Abdul Karim, and Mohammed Anwar.
The Sabri brothers learnt music from their father, Ustad Inayat Sen Sabri. He trained his sons in Qawwali and North Indian classical music. Their first public performance was at the annual Urs festival of Hazrat Peer Mubarak Shah in Kalyana in 1946. The family moved from India to Karachi, Pakistan following the Partition of India in 1947. Maqbool furthered his knowledge of music under Ustad Fatehdin Khan, Ustad Ramzan Khan, and Ustad Latafat Hussein Khan Rampuri. With the help of his father, Maqbool formed a Qawwali group at the age of eleven. Soon afterwards, Ghulam Farid Sabri, who was then performing with Ustad Kallan Khan’s Qawwali party, joined him and became the leader of the party, which soon came to be known as The Sabri Brothers.
Their first recording, released in 1958 under the EMI Pakistan label, was Urdu Qawwali, Mera Koi Nahin Hai. The group now features Maqbool as the leader, supported by Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri.